ESPN (ended 2003)
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  • It was the most talked about Sports show when it was airing because of its harsh and shocking "realism" of the National Football League behind the scenes. The only season of the show finished its season all the way to the end before the show was cancelled for its negitive view of Professional football. Drug deals, sex scandals, and even a little bit of football thrown into the mix makes for an exciting drama series from ESPN.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Week 17

    Aired 11/11/03

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Tenth of a Second

    Aired 11/4/03

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    The Outing

    Aired 10/28/03

  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Down and Distance

    Aired 10/14/03

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Talk Radio

    Aired 10/7/03

  • Cast & Crew
  • Christopher Wiehl

    Derek McConnell #11

  • Marcello Thedford

    Kelvin 'Buffalo' James #60

  • Omar Gooding

    Demetrius "DH" Harris #39

  • Tony Denison

    Head Coach Mike George

  • Russell Hornsby

    Leon Taylor #33

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Demetrius Harris: Lesson number one, don't do drugs... gotta work on that.

    • Coach George: Commandment 1, we play to win. Commandment 2, to win we must be prepared. Guerwitcz, what is the 3rd Commandment? Thad Guerwitcz: There is no 3rd Commandment. Coach George: Correct!

    • Coach George: Personal responsibility. We cannot achieve our goals until each one of you feels personally responsible to the group.

    • Eric Olczyk: [Narrative] You tell yourself it's for your brother, to screw your dad, because it's Sunday and that's what you do...who you are. But the truth is, you're scared to walk away. You hate the game, but you don't have the strength to leave it. So you play angry, like someone's gonna pay for this. And that's what makes you good, what separates you from the rest...what makes you a killer.

    • Leon Taylor: (to Eric) A slow white boy, who turned himself into a player. Now don't tell me that you don't want it. Or that you did it for your brother, to kiss off your old man. And don't bring up what happened to Corey, either. Occupational hazard. Now you kicked ass for this job, broke bones for it, suffered concussions, been shot up practically everyday. Now, you may hate it, but the fact is, this is who you are.

    • Rookie WR: (on Samantha) Forget her, man. I mean the only reporting she does is on her back.

    • Thad: Lord, we'd like to thank you for the food that we are about to eat. And for the guidance that you will give us in the battle we are about to fight. Help us to be strong today, to play our best, to rise to the challenge and never back down, to meet the opponent bravely without fear. We ask for these things humbly, and we know that granting them will not guarantee a victory. Whether we win or we lose, we place our faith and our trust in you, God, for we know that you will be fair and just, and above all, merciful. Amen.

    • Derek McConnell: The life expectancy of the average American is 76. The life expectancy of a pro football player.. is 58.

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    Notes (4)

    • The series premiere aired commercial free courtesy of Universal Picture's film, The Rundown (2003).

    • The procedure DH had preformed on him is a real procedure that is said to be used by many atheletes.

    • Although very sucessful in the ratings, with critics, and viewers, ESPN decided to cancel Playmakers due to pressure from the NFL. The NFL did not like the portrayal of professional football players and the league, even though most sports writers and commentators felt it was accurate, if a maybe little over-the-top due to dramatic entertainment reasons.

    • This episode was originally titled "Game 17".

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Jan 11, 2007

  • Cutting Edge, ahead of its time.

    By watonation, Nov 02, 2005

  • A great idea to have a drama about football America's greatest sport!

    By FEMALEFOOTBALER, Oct 25, 2005

  • The life of a football team.

    By sam_shizzel, Aug 11, 2005

  • Why must the good die young?

    By xander369, Aug 05, 2005